An ex-Garda superintendent has admitted he had a large quantity of cannabis at his home for sale or delivery last year.
John Murphy, 61, pleaded guilty in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court via video link from Cloverhill Prison on 29 May 2009.
Murphy was remanded in custody until October 4, 2022 for sentencing.
The court had previously heard at a hearing in Dublin District Court that Murphy’s address was not read out for security reasons.
The offense violates Section 15A of the Misuse of Drugs Act, which carries a 10-year prison sentence.
On October 4, a deposit of 500 euros was placed on his bail, but an independent guarantee of 20,000 euros was required. There was no Garda appeal, but he did not take it and remained in custody.
He previously appeared in Cloverhill District Court in March.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had ordered his case to be tried in the Circuit Court, which has wider jurisdiction.
The state didn’t have to create the evidence book, however, because Murphy wanted to be sent ahead with a signed guilty plea.
The DPP agreed.
Detective Sergeant Brian Hanley brought three copies of the draft pleadings to the March hearing, and Murphy was sworn to sign them.
Accordingly, Judge Blake today issued an order sending him to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for sentencing.
He noted from Ms. Kinane that Murphy gave up bail and agreed to proceed with the next phase of confinement.
The accused was granted legal aid last November
It followed a motion by his attorney, who said the motion was “based on the seriousness of the charges and his financial situation.”
Defense attorney Danica Kinane asked him to confirm that he agreed to be referred to the district court for a guilty plea.
“That’s right,” the former senior guard replied.
She then read through the indictment before asking him if he pleaded guilty. “Yes, Judge,” he replied before confirming his signature and thanking the judge.
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